Lichfield man fined £500 over noisy dogs

Tamworth Magistrates Court

Tamworth Magistrates Court

A Lichfield man has been fined £500 after failing to stop his dogs from barking and howling.

Robert Wood, 47, of Lynn Avenue, pleaded guilty of failing to comply with a Statutory Nuisance Noise Abatement Notice at Tamworth Magistrates Court on February 23.

Lichfield District Council served Mr Wood the notice in May 2009. This required him to stop his five dogs from creating a noise nuisance. However, because the notice had been ignored, the council took Mr Wood to court, where he was fined £500, ordered to pay costs of £1,600, and a victim surcharge of £15.  He was also warned that he could face a daily fine of up to £500 if he does not put a stop to the noise nuisance.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Environmental Protection, said:

“Following complaints from neighbours, our Environmental Health officers visited Lynn Avenue many times and heard Mr Wood’s dogs barking and howling, even after they had served him with the abatement notice.

“To put an end to this, we decided to prosecute Mr Wood, and hope that he will now start to take responsibility for his dogs. We’re pleased the case was successful and hope that Mr Wood’s neighbours will be able to get some peace and quite and start to enjoy their homes again.”

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